This title was originally published in Hyattsville, Maryland, from May, 1947 through December, 1953. The first publishers and editors were Don O'Reilly and Jimmy Quisenberry. Additional staff members included Roger Huntington and Walter A. Woron. Mr. Huntington contributed much technical material to many magazines from the 1950s through 1970s, and Walter Woron went on to join Petersen Publishing and helped run Motor Trend and Auto Sportsman titles.
Speed Age specialized in racing in the beginning, and it later expanded to include road tests of Detroit cars, hot rods, and other forms of racing. The tag line, an indication of how the publisher positioned the magazine, changed many times, but it took a weird left turn with "Man's Conquest of Time and Space" in the last few issues.
The title ceased publication in December, 1953. But the magazine got a new owner and new life after a five month gap. It was restarted in June, 1954 by Henry Scharf. Mr. Scharf owned other titles including Car Life and Sports Car Guide. No personnel carried over from the first publisher's staff.
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Speed Age ranked number three in this time period among automotive titles that provided circulation details (behind Hot Rod and Motor Trend). It dropped to 6th place in 1955 and was in 9th place when the publication ceased in 1959. The publisher-reported average monthly net paid circulation ranged from 8,100 in 1949, climbed to 32,900 in 1954, and then started falling to 21,000 at the end.
A total of 146 issues were printed from May, 1947 through December, 1959. All images are complete for this title except for 11/59.